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Vital Questions

February 13th, 2015

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 NIV.

Where God has clearly spoken in His Word there should be no question.

EDL - questions My thoughts and comments today are about “vital questions.”

Life generates questions. Many uncertainties arise from situations more  imposed than chosen. Asking, “Why?” is usually futile. “What now?” is more useful. Learn how to deal with inevitable questions. The answer to some will be obvious; others puzzling, even apparently without answer. A few questions can and should be dismissed as mere curiosity, an unprofitable expenditure of thought and time. Most questions are challenging, demanding thought and adjusting earlier assumptions. Others can be answered through wisdom gleaned from life experience, thoughtful consideration, or wise counsel.

Questions can and should be a gate to knowledge. Curiosity can either distract or direct you; choose the latter. Sometimes, I consider, “Is this question mine to answer, or for someone else to answer, or a question left for another time?” The right questions can be very helpful, opening new areas of consideration and discovery. The right question will direct you to the best answer. Questions should bring you to the truth found in God’s Word. God has, and is, the answer to all of your enquiries.

Among the trivial questions you are prone to ask, there are vital questions which need to be asked. Such questions demand an answer, such as when Job struggled to understand, “If a man dies, shall he live again?” Job 14:14. That honest query may be at the root of all truth. “And as it is appointed unto men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.” Hebrews 9:27-28. Nothing about life will be sure or secure unless and until you live every day in the reality of eternal life.

Jesus asked these vital, heart-probing questions, “For what profit is it to a man, if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26. No one is wise, nor has learned how to live, nor discovered what is most valued in life until trusting their life now and eternally to Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. This is a vital question, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” Hebrews 2:3. God’s Word says, ”Nor is there salvation in any other [than Christ]: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

Paul asked and answered vital questions with eternal truth he found in God’s character and faithfulness, “If God is for us, who can be against us? . . Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Romans 8:31/35/37-39 NIV. The answer that secures the soul and provides absolute confidence is this: no one or nothing can either prevail against you or distance you from God’s mighty power and love. When anything or even when it seems everything else is uncertain, of that truth let there be no question.

Where God has clearly spoken in His Word there should be no question. “Now we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, then the partial will be done away . . then I shall know fully. But now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:9-13. Read that again; “Now we know [though only] in part.” That is the reality. Focus on the Word of God which you know and the character of God which is unchanging. Meanwhile, God’s offer is, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV. Some things just need to be trusted to God’s sovereign and exceeding wisdom and grace. Answer what you can; bring to Jesus what you cannot; walk in faith while doing either.

Today, my prayer for you is that you are certain that every answer is found in Jesus Christ.

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